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Recently, a local businessman said, "Lenoir-Rhyne is truly a jewel in
Hickory's crown. Too bad we don't hear more about it."
I bristled a bit, assuming he must be criticizing the job we do — or
aren't doing. In fact, he probably didn't know I was the director of public
relations, but merely stating a fact: the college has been an integral part of
this community and of the synod for so long that we assume she will keep
going whether we support her or not, whether we try to improve her or
not, whether we care or not.
Soon afterward, I received a call from City Hall. "Can you tell us how
much L-R contributes to the local economy?" I verified the estimate — $60
million a yean* Clearly, this college is a cultural and economic jewel many
communities only wish they had.
I relate both of these conversations to one I had recently with Lourdes
Rodriguez, a parent from Florida, who shared stories about leaving Cuba,
about the adjustments she and her family had to make and how she had a
dream that her son could come to such a school as Lenoir-Rhyne.
"Through much hard work, doors were opened for us," she said. 'Then
when we came to Lenoir-Rhyne, we fell in love with it. It's one of the best."
Just as the Rodriguezes were challenged and changed by a new world,
Lenoir-Rhyne is constantly challenged by a changing world to keep being
the best. Lenoir-Rhyne has just bid farewell to President Trainer and
anticipates the arrival of President LaHurd in mid-July. Meanwhile, a
search has begun to replace Chaplain Don Just, who has left with his wife,
Helen, a psychology instructor, as she pursues her doctorate at the
University of Texas.
Across campus, John Huss '74, is settling in as our new director of
alumni and parent relations. A former Army major, he has recently been
active in the Columbia, S.C, alumni chapter. During this, like all summers,
we will welcome some other new faculty and staff members.
Of course people aren't the only changes. Recently, an agreement was
reached to ease and encourage transfers from community colleges to L-R —
a move, some say, was long overdue.
This fall, we will introduce occupational therapy as a major, a program
that has already created much interest. At the same time, CELICE (Center
for English Language and International Cultural Exchange) will open near
the Cromer Center, offering English as a second language to professionals
and others, initially from Latin America. As they learn about us and we
about them, their presence will make next semester even more exciting as
L-R focuses on South America as part of our "Around the World in Eight
Semesters" internationalization of the curriculum.
Some faces are new, some programs are changing, but such change is
essential if we are to remain vital — alive. At the same time, we must not
forget the past. If we do look back honestly, we are reminded that Lenoir-
Rhyne has endured a string of historic upheavals in her 103-year history:
the Panic of '93, the 1918 flu, the Great Depression, polio epidemics, racial
integration and six wars along with a variety of other lesser known personal
and collective crises — to survive and flourish as one of the nation's best
liberal arts colleges. . .Hickory's crown jewel.
I am not an alumna nor am I a long-term staff member, but in my 18
months here, I've learned Lenoir-Rhyne didn't happen by accident. This
college, like all great institutions, has succeeded by staying true to herself
and true to her faith. Holding on to these principles, her future is as bright
as we choose to make it.
Tammy Wilson, Editor
* 1 99 1 -92 estimate, includes goods, services, wages, benefits, capital improvements
and bank deposits.
New president 4
Dr. Ryan LaHurd "profiled"
"Orange" you glad they like L-R?
Reeling in the worid
CELICE sets up shop
Proficient alumnus 9
Thuesen retires 11
Chaplain's farewell 12
Class of '94 16
Man on the moon 18
Rules of the game 19
Barnes' big break 20
Class notes 25
Denise Johnson Smith
Denise Johnson Smith
© Copyright 1994 by Lenoir-Rhyne
College, Hickory, N.C. Lenoir-
Rhyne, founded in 1891, is a private
liberal arts institution affiliated with
the North Carolina Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America. This publication is
designed to inform alumni, parents,
faculty, staff and friends about
activities and events at the college.
UN THE COVER
Florida students standing (from left):
Stephanie Mowery, Kevin Downing,
Kate MacKinnon, Andrea Lutze.
Kneeling: Given Smith, Bill Spedding.
Seated: Casey Tribble, Levi Brown,
Emily Nettnin, Gennie Haring. Front:
What makes this man tick?
He collects art and listens to
He travels and cooks
And he has worked as a
restaurant cook, a construction
worker and an ambulance driver.
His name is Dr. Ryan LaHurd,
and if he sounds like an exceptional
person, you've got the right idea.
LaHurd, 48, was chosen May 24 as
Lenoir-Rhyne's 10th president, the
first Baby Boomer president the
college has ever had. And he
reflects his generation to a tee:
idealistic, progressive, open.
"My generation," he says,
"believed things could be better for
all the people of the country and the
world if we worked together in
goodwill." While those goals are yet
to be realized, he says he is still
inspired by people who fight for
what they believe in.
LaHurd will tell you his greatest
strength is helping people come
together to solve problems and get
things done. "I'm a good listener
and I'm accepting of differences," he
What upsets him?
"A situation in which people are
not willing to meet or work with me,"
he says quickly. "It's such a waste of
human effort to build up walls rather
than bridges. Even in the most
difficult of situations, I have not
found a person I could not work with
if he or she was willing to be open to
His resume shows he has
"walked the walk". He has lived in
West Germany, Yemen and Syria on
Fulbright Fellowships, but he hasn't
always been the bearded professor;
he has lived in the real world, too.
"Living overseas, I have learned
that there are very few 'things' one
needs to live a happy life. You can
get along quite well without a car,
telephone, TV, washing machine and
daily newspaper," he says. "People
are basically very similar and have
similar values. Our fear of them is
almost always based on ignorance."
He adds, "It is very hard to hate
a people once you have met them."
Likewise, it's hard not to like
LaHurd once you've met him. His
candor and sincerity bubble forth
from one who has done a lot of
things, been a lot of places and met a
lot of people.
Born April 16, 1946 in Akron,
Ohio, he was the eldest of four sons
of Daniel LaHurd, a restaurateur, and
wife, Madeline. In high school, he
worked as a cook in the family
business, which later developed his
interest in cooking, particularly local
cuisine in the many places he has
In his leisure time, LaHurd
prefers individual sports. "Growing
up with astigmatism and very bad
hand-eye coordination, I was a
complete loser in most normal team
sports," he admits, though he is an
avid skier, runner and cyclist.
"Competitive kinds of things are
stress-creators for me," he explains.
After completing his bachelor's
degree at Mt. Carmel College in
Ontario, he was between his master's
program at the University of Chicago
and his doctoral studies at University
of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969, in
Ohio during the summer of
Woodstock and Neil Armstrong.
As a construction worker that
summer, he became engaged to his
wife, Carol, over the July 4 weekend.
"All the other events that
summer paled by comparison," he
recalls. The couple married that
September. He later earned a
doctorate in English, while she
earned hers in Biblical studies.
Their two children had arrived by
the time LaHurd had completed his
assistant professorship at Allentown
College in Pennsylvania.
Since then, he has held
professorships at Thiel College and
Augsburg, where he left as vice
president for academic affairs and
dean of the college at that ELCA
institution. He thinks his presidency
here was no "accident."
He wasn't looking for the job; it
came knocking earlier this year
when the search committee and the
ELCA contacted him.
"I was told the job was suitable
for me by people whose opinions I
trust," LaHurd says.
"I think that the presidency is a
calling in that I believe God gives
people talents, interests and abilities
which can make contributions to the
community. I accepted this job with
a genuine sense of humility," LaHurd
says. "I believe God was calling me
to this place, and my faith tells me
God will assist me with the task
LaHurd's faith has been acted
out on a variety of ways including
various leadership roles within the
church including president of the
Lutherans of Arab and Middle
Eastern Heritage of the ELCA and
member of the Board of Directors of
Lutheran Theological Seminary in
Gettysburg. He has also been active
in the Red Cross, Humanities
Dr. Ryan LaHurd (right) is introduced May 24 to faculty and staff hy the Rev. Dr William
Milholland (center), chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr Robert Spuller, acting president,
Commission and a variety of cultural
and political education groups.
Likewise, LaHurd says his wife
will offer much to L-R and to
"She has been a very active
volunteer and is a superb speaker,"
he says. "Most Sundays, she has
been in congregations helping
people understand the Bible better
or understand Islam and its
relationship to Christianity." The fact
that she is a professional woman,
wife and mother should allow her to
serve as a role model to students, he
Dr. Carol Schertsen LaHurd will
be absent during much of her
husband's first year due to her
professorship at the University of St.
Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., but
LaHurd doesn't see it as a problem.
"It is quite wonderful that people
have appreciated the gifts Alice
Trainer brought to her role at L-R
and in the community, and it must be
Y believe God was calling me to this
place y and my faith tells me God will
assist me with the task before me. "
hard for people to imagine how any
other arrangement could be
positive," he said, noting, however,
that "I think many people will have
the opportunity to meet and get to
know Carol during the next year
because she will visit often. I am
confident they will come to see that a
different style can be good also."
Their son, Jeremy, is a '94
graduate of Earlham College in
Indiana; daughter Kristin is a rising
sophomore at Macalester College in
Minnesota. Every summer the
LaHurds spend a week on Long
Beach, N.C., near Wilmington.
"It's a chance for our family to
get together with my wife's family.
The beach is a great place for kids,
and we rent a big house that fits all
17 of us," LaHurd says. 'The lack of
a boardwalk and other distractions
means we enjoy nature and each
Taking the time to build
relationships and bridges are the
essence of Ryan LaHurd.
"I have learned that
communication takes effort. It's
easier to see when you are
struggling in a foreign language or
trying to see another's viewpoint; the
issues are the same when you share
the same language."
Floridians flock to Lenoir^Rhyne
T ust as sure as the crape myrtles bloom each August,
I young Floridians pack their bags, computers and CD
f players and flock up 1-95. Clicking off the mile
markers for Cape Canaveral, Daytona and St. Augustine,
they eagerly trade surf and sand — and crowded state
universities — for higher education in North Carolina.
A good many of them wind up at Lenoir-Rhyne. The
result: Floridians make up one-fifth of the student body —
our largest out-of-state group.
Part of the shift reflects a marketing strategy to
recruit more geographic diversity. But there are other
factors as well, including cost. L-R's price tag of $14,610
may look high compared to North Carolina state schools,
but it looks very attractive compared to the $21,000 or so
charged for tuition, fees and room and board at Lutheran
colleges like Gettysburg and Muhlenburg, for example.
To a price-shopping Floridian, Lenoir-Rhyne is more
affordable than most other private colleges and is much
closer to home.
L-R's size is welcoming, too. In Florida, where private
schools are few and far between, Lenoir-Rhyne is one of
the first liberal arts colleges they find on a trek up the
The area's beauty and climate don't hurt, either.
Many in search of four seasons and a slower pace
find Hickory just the ticket. Though no longer
a "Mayberry" kind of place, the lifestyle is a bit
slower than what many are used to. Add to
that the appeal of the climate and proximity to
mountain scenery, and the place looks even
According to Laurie Dunton Brill
'87, L-R's admissions representative
in Florida for the past seven years,
the small college experience
itself is a big seller: the friendly
campus, small classes,
accessible professors. She also
sells the area.
"Hickory is a neat place, and it's
only 45 minutes from the ski
slopes. Those are definite
pluses for us," she says.
Many Floridians already
know the Carolinas'
of parents' or relatives' summer homes in the mountains.
They want to relive those times.
Brill has crisscrossed the state for 15 weeks annually,
putting 9,000 miles on her car each year. Though she has
never lived there herself, she knows the peninsula better
than many natives.
"I really like the people; they're very diverse. The
students are different; they're more individualistic than in
other parts of the country because many have lived in
other areas. They perceive North Carolina as a safe,
comfortable place to be for four years." That's as
important as ever, considering the recent wave of crimes
against tourists that has clouded the Sunshine State.
"Some of the students have seen this area from
vacations or they've gone to camp at Lutheridge or
Lutherock. And they know it's relatively safe and that
they can drive up here in a day." It's far enough away, but
not too far.
Just as Brill has fallen in love with Florida, the
Floridians have taken to her.
"I feel I can call Laurie at any hour and ask questions
and get answers," says Rosemary Leathers, a guidance
counselor at Brandon High School. As one of L-R's most
ardent supporters, she has sent numerous students to
Hickory over the years.
"Laurie and people like her at Lenoir-Rhyne take a
personal interest in students. They want a smaller school
and don't have many to choose from. Lenoir-Rhyne has
everything for them: athletics, music and a good
One of Mrs. Leathers'
former counselees is Gwen
Smith, a rising junior
majoring in music and
"I liked the idea of
attending a small, church-
related school," says Smith.
Her mother had attended
Muhlenburg, but although
the scholarship was the
main reason she says she
chose Lenoir-Rhyne, the
campus visit sold her.
"I instinctively felt at
home." Smith says. "There are all kinds of things to do —
cultural, social, leadership programs. Lenoir-Rhyne is the
Her parents agree.
'The school is a great fit," says Gwen's father. Bob, a
contractor in Brandon. "And, Laurie Brill is good at what
she does. But what impressed me was the campus itself.
Seeing kids run up to professors and say hi, that kind of
camaraderie you don't see at other schools. The
professors want to help students; they're approachable."
Gwen's mother, Bonnie, agrees, noting that former
L-R music professor Dr. Jill Dawe helped Gwen find ways
to cope with tendonitis her
freshman year. Gwen, who
plays piano, benefited from
Dawe's research and experience
in dealing with the problem.
"I'm not sure you would find
that kind of concern from
professors at other colleges,"
Mrs. Smith says, adding that
current instructor, Ying Ying
Liu, has also been very
Lourdes Rodriguez, is
another Florida parent who
sings praises of Lenoir-Rhyne.
Her son, Alain, is also a rising junior at I^R and plays
baseball for the Bears.
Rodriguez, who resides in Tampa, says, "At Lenoir-
Rhyne, the number one concern is studies. Sports are OK
but they come second. Even the coach told my son,
'Don't come to practice if you have to study.'" L-R's
priorities are in the right place, she believes.
"Lenoir-Rhyne is one of the best colleges. Small
enough for the people to be really friendly and caring."
At the same time, Floridians have left their mark on
"We add diversity," says Gennie Haring of Port
Orange, a community near Daytona. After three years,
the junior communication major is president of Delta Zeta
sorority and cheerleading captain. She knows the campus
well, and says it attracts her fellow Floridians not only for
its scenic appeal, but also its change of pace.
"Hickory is more conservative than most of Florida.
Down there it's more casual, people dress differently and
of course our (speech) accents are different." For L-R
students, finding a Florida friend usually means a
companion to bring home for fall break, but more
importantly, a place to go come spring.
Rosemary Leathers (left) and Gwen Smith
"We bring (students) down by the truckload for
spring break," laughs Haring.
Haring says she happened onto L-R by luck. "I was
going to a college night and a friend asked me to go along
on a college night. I had applied to the University of
Florida and FSU, but I liked the L-R presenter (Brill)." A
visit to the campus had Haring hooked.
"I can't put my finger on it, but the atmosphere is
different here. People are definitely friendlier."
One couple that's definitely sold on Lenoir-Rhyne are
the Henches of Lake Mary. They have not one, but two
students at L-R — a son, Dan, and a daughter, Jennifer.
Like other parents, they were attracted by the personal
Continued on page 8
Parents Joanne and Craig Hench
Floridians flock to Lenoir-Rhyne
Continued from page 7
touch, particularly with their children 10 hours away.
"Everybody knows everybody; the kids up there
look out for one another," says Joanne. 'True, we can't be
there for everything like concerts and intramurals, but we
don't worry. We know they're in good hands."
Adds Mrs. Hench, "I wish I could go back to college
so I could attend Lenoir-Rhyne. Times have changed and
you need to know there is a caring place to send your
kids." Craig, a graduate of Loyola in Baltimore, likes the
religious connection and the opportunities the school
j^-rL '. ' - "
"I remember asking Jennifer, who had a choice of
attending Florida State with no debts as opposed to going
to Lenoir-Rhyne, where she will need to pay off some
substantial loans once she's out. She chose L-R. There
are so many more chances for leadership opportunities
for both Jennifer and her brother Dan. Becoming
president of an organization, being in Model U.N. (a
leadership program). Those are things you can't easily do
at a big state school."
who appreciates the
religious ties is the Rev.
Paul Lutze. Assistant to
the Bishop of the
Synod, his daughter,
Andrea, has just
Lutze also points to
the absence of a
Lutheran college in his
"If a student is
looking for a Lutheran
education, he or she
must look out of state. The closest ones are Newberry
and Lenoir-Rhyne, he says. Though his synod actively
supports Newberry College, Lutze is very pleased with
"Our daughter has been challenged effectively," he
says. "As a student, you have to ask questions. You have
to find a sense of personal importance. She has found
that at L-R."
1 wish I could go back to
college so I could attend
Lake Mary, Fla.
Rev. Paul Lutze
Parents Bonnie and Bob Smith
P R F L E
Put to the test
Jim Clark claims L-R proficiency record
If you ask Jim Clark what he
remembers most about Lenoir-
Rhyne, he'll probably say two
things — tests and bowling, not
necessarily in that order.
Now assistant executive editor
of the Orlando Sentinel, Clark 75
claims the school record for credit
hours earned in the shortest time:
91 in 10 months.
Clark, who describes himself as
"a nontraditional student before it
was fashionable," says he was eager
to graduate and get on with life.
But how did he do it so quickly?
"I spent a lot of time in the back
room in Lineberger testing out of
courses," he says.
That's where the bowling story
comes in, sort of.
Helpful as L-R people are, no
one had pointed out that he lacked
an hour of physical education
required to graduate.
"There I was, on Aug. 13 — two
days before graduation, asking the
athletic director what I could test
out of," Clark says.
The answer: earn an hour for
bowling by completing 30 games.
Undaunted, Clark rented an alley at
Colonial Lanes and began his
"I had to show them I could
keep score and had actually bowled
that many games. After about five
hours, I was doing everything to get
the ball down the lane — using my
left hand, my foot, anything. I was
getting a lot of odd looks, but it was
either that or not graduate."
Clark's mission for a degree
actually began years earlier at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Eventually, he dropped out to work
as a wire service reporter. That
practical experience taught him a
great deal, but without a degree, he
had few chances to move up.
As luck would have it, Clark
wound up in Charlotte's Associated
Press office with Eddie Bradford '67
of Hickory. The two formed a fast
friendship, and after Bradford
became editor at the Hickory Daily
Record, he suggested Clark finish
his degree at Lenoir-Rhyne. To
sweeten the deal, he offered a
reporting job at the Record. Clark
took him up on it.
Bradford, now president of
Bradford Communications in
Hickory, says "Jim has always been
a very good writer and a sharp guy.
I remember him coming in after
class, attending a board of
education meeting, coming back
around 10:30 to write the copy and
leaving the office around 2 a.m.
He'd be back in class by 8.
'That says a lot," Bradford adds,
"especially for someone taking an
extremely heavy load of classes."
Clark has fond memories of
"Everyone was really helpful,"
he says. "Especially (Dr. ) Carolyn
Huff. I majored in history, and
she's really the one who helped
instill the love of history. That, and
"It's not hard to remember
him," Huff says. "He was a very
good student and took the time to
stop by and get acquainted. Yes, I
played chess back then, but what I
remember about Jim is that he
really is what you would call a
renaissance person. He knew a lot
already and had a natural curiosity."
Clark has definitely put his love
of history to use. He has already
authored three books including The
Murder of James A. Garfield, Faded
Glory and Last Train South, an
account of the closing days of the
Confederacy, and is completing his
fourth book — one about Florida
politics. He also writes a history
column and edits the Florida
He's no academic slouch, either.
Though not an honor student at L-R,
he has since distinguished himself
with an M.A. degree from Stetson
University and is working toward a
Ph.D. in history at the University of
But does Clark really hold L-R's
Probably. His records, verified
by Linda Tyrone in the registrar's
office, show Clark transferred 37
hours, earned 31 in residence and
tested out of 60.
Says Tyrone, "I'll put it to you
this way: I've never seen a
transcript like this one."
Reeling in the world
In the next 10 years, demographers say, most Americans
will be from what we now call "minority" groups — ^African
Americans, Asian Americans, Native Ainericans, Arab
Americans and Hispanic Americans.
Even in Catawba County, at least 15 companies are owned
by investors from five different nations. In the Hickory Metro
area (Alexander, Burke, Catawba and Caldwell) , many
immigrants from Vietnamese Hmong to Romanians have
settled bringing their languages and traditions with them.
According to the 1990 census, some 7,000 Hickory Metro
area residents spoke a language other than English in the
As the landscape of the United States becomes more
multicultural, institutions such as Lenoir-Rhyne must change
to offer a product in step with the rest of the world.
To that end, L-R has established the Center for English
Language and International Culture Exchange (CELICE) to
support international students as well as coordinate services
and a cultural immersion for both the international students
and for L-R's more traditional population.
Directed by Dr. Marion Love, CELICE will be
headquartered in a house located beside the Cromer Center,
but as Love explains, it's less a location than an attitude.
"With CELICE, Lenoir-Rhyne is making an investment in
its future," explains Love. "We are attempting to recognize
where this geographical area fits into the global picture. We
have several different industries in the Catawba Valley which
are foreign-owned, and we have a lot of people in the area
who are foreign-born. People need to open their eyes — or
Love will serve as the center's administrative director
while Dr. Gabriele Weinberger will serve as director of
volunteer services. Lynda Kirby will serve as director of
activities and scheduling. A fourth person, yet to be named,
will direct cross-cultural programming.
CELICE is really a formalization of what L-R has already
been doing, explains Love. Last fall, L-R began its
internationalization of the curriculum with Around the World
Around the world at L-R
• Each fall, students and professors attend Harlaxton College in
• L-R is a member of the College Consortium for International
Studies which enables students to study at more than 26
universities in 17 countries.
• Every summer. Vice President and Dean of Students Dr. Ed
Lewis takes students to Latin America to build homes and
• In the 1992-93 academic year, L-R along with the Paladin
Theatre/ Russian Academy of Theatre Arts of Moscow entered a
cultural exchange with L-R. More visits are expected in the future.
• In the 1993-94 academic year, L-R enrolled students from nine
nations. The faculty is also international with members from
China, Ireland, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Ukraine and
• Students receive scholarships every year to practice language
At the International House (from left): Dr Gabriele Weinberger,
Lynda Kirby, Dr Marion Love.
in Eight Semesters providing cultural experiences, academics
and convocations with a global perspective. 1993-94 focused
on Africa and the Middle East. In the 1994-95 academic year,
L-R turns to the Americas.
L-R offers an international business major coupling
business principles with a language. In addition, cultural and
artistic themes are explored through L-R's international film
series, the Cinematheque, which is open to campus as well as
community members. L-R is also host to a number of foreign-
born students yearly, and has been sending students to study
and to work abroad in various capacities for many years.
CELICE will open this fall with an eight-week English as
a second language program. Initially aimed at students with
intermediate English language skills, ESL will offer language
training as well as a cultural underpinning outside the
CELICE students will be able to participate in cultural
tours as well as interact with Americans in social and business
settings. Through involvement with host families,
professional tutorials and on-site career visits, international
students enrolled in the program will be informed about U.S.
life, culture and economics.
Next year, CELICE programming will be extended to
help get internationals with more beginning English language
skills up to speed. From these. Love expects to see more
traditional age students who may wind up attending L-R for a
year or a full four- year program.
But more than just ESL, CELICE would provide a forum
for international students on campus, support for such
matters as visas and immigration documentation and a
resource for foreign-born citizens in the area.
"Americans have never really come to grips with the
language problem," says Love. "The rest of the world may
view English as the language of commerce. But that means
internationals are at an advantage because they know another
"We do our students a disservice to not have an
international focus because we're not preparing them for the
next century," she says. "We may benefit more than the
internationals with CELICE."
Tooking back on his 27-year
career, Ted Thuesen says his
most significant L-R memory
centers on his first year.
In 1967-68, the sociology professor
met a new librarian, Mary Wise '59.
Before the academic year was up, she
was his bride.
"We were quite an item," he says
now, with a grin. "We met in the
cafeteria where some of the single
teachers ate. I realized very soon she
was who I wanted to marry." They
were wed in May 1968.
A native of Iowa, Thuesen had
moved to Hickory from Washington
state for the teaching position for what
he thought would be a couple of years.
"I really liked the Pacific
Northwest," he says. "I just thought I
would stay here a few years and move
back." Behind his desk, beside a
window, Thuesen keeps a picture of a
glorious snow-topped mountain;
beneath it lies a lake.
'That was what I could look at
every day when I taught at Pacific
Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.,"
he says. "It was a going-away gift from
my colleagues there."
But Hickory quickly became home
and is where he will retire. "I was really
impressed with how warmly I was
made to feel when I came here," he
His wife had strong ties to the area.
She came to Lenoir-Rhyne from
Salisbury, the daughter of a Lutheran
The two raised their family here.
Although their first child, Erik, died
Dr. Ted Thuesen
shortly after birth, the two now are
proud parents of two successful young
adults. Son Peter is now a doctoral
student at Princeton University
studying religion, while daughter,
Sarah, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a
Phi Beta Kappa double-majoring in
history and biology.
During his tenure at L-R, Thuesen
became a favorite of students. His
Marriage and the Family course is one
of the most popular, due in part to
"I've tried over the years to make a
more practical course," he says. Bear
in mind, when he joined the faculty, the
divorce rate was quite low. Today,
many students have watched their own
families break apart. Thuesen's course
became a bridge for many students
who may have a cynical view of
"I focus on the practical issues by
talking about problems people face," he
Whether teaching in the classroom,
listening to students' and colleagues'
troubles or preaching in the parish as a
T Te was always
J. A there to lend a
hand or a sympathetic
supply pastor in the N.C. Synod,
Thuesen has touched many lives.
"I think Ted is a real model in his
concern for students and in his
genuineness in his approach to them,"
says Dr. David Ludwig, chairperson of
the psychology and sociology
departments. " He constantly gets very,
very high student evaluation.
"He's a professor who has devoted
his life to his students," continues
Ludwig. "He's been very much a model
for all the professors. He exemplifies all
that we are, that is, our dedication to
Through the years, he's earned the
moniker "Hall Monitor" through his
genial demeanor and accessibility. He's
always there to lend a hand or a
"He's the guy who keeps us all in
line," says Dr. Harold Haas, professor
of psychology and friend. "I think his
knowledge and wisdom even shows in
his family life. He's going to be missed
by his colleagues who have great
respect for his integrity and caring
Last year, Thuesen was honored as
a Servant of Christ for his devotion to
Christian ideals by the Campus
Ministries Forum. In 1981, Thuesen
was honored with the Bost
Distinguished Professor Award, the
highest honor given a faculty member.
Thuesen plans to keep busy in
retirement by reading, walking and
traveling. He plans to pursue his dream
to take his wife to Denmark. A
descendent of Danish immigrants,
Thuesen still has family there.
An accomplished pilot, Just says his
plans are up in the air.
Chaplain reflects on 11 years at L-R
Woodworker, pilot, volunteer,
Vietnam veteran, teacher and
preacher. All of these describe Dr.
Donald Just, chaplain at Lenoir-Rhyne
for the past 11 years.
This August, he plans to relocate to
Austin, Texas, where his wife Helen, an
instructor in psychology, plans to
pursue her doctorate at the University
of Texas. Right now he has no definite
An eight-member search
committee headed by Acting President
Dr. Robert SpuUer has been convened
to name L-R's fifth chaplain. Just plans
to leave before fall semester.
A visit to Padre's office (as he is
affectionately known on campus) will
find Just sitting comfortably behind a
desk dressed in khakis and a casual
shirt — no clerical collar. In his office,
you see the hand-crafted wood cross,
and the evidence of his craft work, a
missing knuckle on his left forefinger.
His woodworking gives him
patience and helps him focus.
"At times, thaf s really important
prayer time for me," Just says. "It's
creative and requires patience. Thaf s
the farm boy in me. I need to handle
something of the earth, the dirt, the
organic, the good."
Plain and simple is how Just sees
himself. A man with an alphabet soup
of degree titles behind his name — ^A.A.,
B.A., M. Div, M.Ed, and Ph.D.— Just
doesn't let that get in the way of talking
to anyone from the college president to
the homeless. As a native
Midwesterner, he stubbornly avoids
pretense. What you see is what you
"I think that's particularly
important when you are
communicating the Gospel," he says.
"Are you sure enough about this
promise that you can articulate it with
sincerity? When you're sitting with
someone who's dying and they ask if
you're sure, you have to believe it."
At L-R, he's been the voice of
conscience which has sometimes
caused him to butt heads with others.
One of his pet issues is the Greek
"I look around me and I see all
these efforts at identities, shirts, hats
and all. I think to myself if you really
want to be something, realize you are
one of God's children. Now thaf s
Not one to be idle, Just has led a
successful convocation and forum
series, helped establish Pathway
retreats, taken students to Adanta and
Washington to work with the homeless,
built houses in Latin America, served
faithfully on the board of the Family
Care Center in Hickory and served on
the President's Cabinet; if students are
involved, you can bet Just will be there
as spiritual leader.
Says Dr. Ed Lewis, vice president
and dean for student life, "He has loved
and nurtured this place to the utmost
of his strength."
At L-R, Just has pursued his dream.
The result was Pathway retreat
weekend focusing on spiritual renewal.
They were first started in the fall of
1991, and are now held once a
semester. This spring. Pathway
extended its reach to students from six
"I think the most gratifying thing is
to hear students say it was life-
changing," he says. "A good many of
them have gone on to seminary, to
mission work or other service
He also has taken part in house-
building projects with Habitat for
Humanity in impoverished areas of
Central and South America. Here and
on the college trips to Atlanta and
Washington, Just explains, students
can put their faith to work.
To recognize these people. Just
helped establish the annual Christian
Service Recognition. Now in its fifth
year, 63 people among the L-R
community have received the
In addition to the woodworking,
Jusf s other avocation is flying which
he began in 1965 as a pastor in British
Columbia. Now part-owner of a Piper
Warrior based at Hickory Regional
Airport, he and his wife, Helen, fly
together for enjoyment.
'This is something we do for fun
and something we can share," he says.
T R B U T E
Dr. Wells, We Miss You!
/^ n April 2, 1994, Lenoir-Rhyne College lost one of its
most popular professors with the death of Dr Charles
Wells. As professor of biology for 25 years, Wells touched many
lives both in the classroom and out. His courageous battle with
cancer served as an inspiration to all. Following are excerpts
from his eulogies:
Dr. Charles Wells
Dr. Robert SpuUer, vice
president and dean for
Time is a strange phenomenon — it
is so relative. Twenty-five years when
thought of as a quarter of a century
seems and sounds like such a long
time! Yet, on the other hand, 25 years in
a Mendship seems too short. So for me
and my wife, Alice, and my colleagues
at Lenoir-Rhyne College to have known
Charles Wells for 25 years seems a long
time, and yet it is just a short flicker on
life's friendship candle.
When I think back over these past
years, there are so many things to
remember and appreciate about
Charles. I remember them with
fondness — many are personal and
would mean very little to others but
they have become precious memories
for me — wonderful times shared. We all remember him and
appreciate him so much.
He was one we remember as tall, a person to be looked
up to, not just because of his height, but because he stood
tall as a man and as a child of God; funny and witty and a
teacher in the truest and fullest sense of the word. Lots of
people meet classes and profess to be teachers. But there
are only a few really great teachers, and Charles was one of
Charles truly cared about other people. I remember
several times he called me, in the midst of his long, hard
struggles with his illness, just to inquire about me and how I
was doing. He told me not to work too hard, to slow down,
that he cared about me.
Most importantly, Charles was our friend. What more
can be said about this wonderful colleague than to say that
he was our friend? Though he is gone physically from our
midst, our love for him and our precious memories of him
will live on in our hearts and minds forever.
Dr. Robert SpuUer
(left) and John E.
John E. Trainer III, who
just completed science
requirements to enter
According to my transcript, Dr.
Wells taught me genetics. What my
transcript doesn't show is that Dr.
Wells' class was one of the hardest
classes I ever had. He would lecture at a
100 miles an hour and excuse himself
by saying, "if you throw enough stuff at
the barn door, some of it will stick." I
can testify a lot of it stuck. More than
one of his former students has returned
to say that his class was the most
similar to, or the best preparation for,
M. "^ W K^ ^^^ rigors of medical or graduate
Wt i^m ! 4^ school.
Mk m mA m^^ . j)j- Wells expected a lot from his
students. He had every right to; he
demanded a lot from himself. His door
was always open to students. He was very approachable, but I
remember feeling as though I always had to work a little bit
harder to keep up with this brilliant mind hiding behind a
Dr. Wells was that sort of teacher who can't stop
educating at the classroom door. Even after genetics was
over, I was still learning from him. He liked to share a
cartoon of a frog trying to strangle a bird who was trying just
as hard to swallow the frog. He explained that some days he
felt like the frog and some days he felt like the bird.
Dr. Wells truly epitomized perserverance. Under similar
circumstances, a lot of men would have folded their tents and
gone home. Instead, he stayed and taught. He fought for
every possible day that he could be in the classroom teaching
his students. I can only imagine the pain he endured, because
he rarely let it show.
I can remember days when I was tempted to slack off. It
would have been easier to ignore a particular homework
problem and hope that it wouldn't show up on the exam. But
that would have been giving up. Dr. Wells was pulling
through for us, how could I do any less for him?
He had the courage to try to choke the life out of this
bird that was swallowing him — or was it swallow the frog that
was choking him? Regardless, Dr. Wells finally conceded a
fight that he knew he couldn't win. But part of him still lives
on in his family and a generation of students who have been
touched by his life.
hat kid is a great athlete", is one of the often-used
lines echoed around Lenoir-Rhyne locker rooms. It's a
cliche, of course, but it certainly fits Albert Spurlock.
Spurlock, who died this past November, was not
only Lenoir-Rhyne's "great athlete", he was without
doubt the greatest. These days, it's hard to find anyone
who actually saw Spurlock play from 1924-27, but the
stories are astounding.
Hanley Painter, a
former athletic director
and football coach at
L-R, is one of the best
sources of information
exploits. Painter, a
close friend of "Spur" as
he was known,
accumulated a large
amount of newspaper
clippings to support the
athlete's nomination to
the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Not only did the
clippings confirm the
stories, they led to a
quick NAIA induction.
Take, for instance,
the spring of 1926. Spur
was L-R's only
representative in a state
college track meet in
Raleigh. All the large
and small colleges in
the state were there.
Albert Spurlock '27
Spur won the 100-yard dash, the 220, the 440 and the
shot put. He finished second in the discus. Single
handedly, against teams with several competitors, his
performance put L-R in third place!
After transferring here in 1924 from Centre College
in Kentucky, the Mount Cory, Ohio native was largely
responsible for transforming the school's football team
into a winner. After three straight losing seasons, the
Bears put together a string of three winning seasons
culminated by a 7-2 finish his senior year.
Although the school didn't keep punting records in
the 1920s, it's likely Spur would have been listed. While
at Centre, according to newspaper clippings, he punted
from his own end zone four times in one game against
Georgia Tech, each punt downed inside the opponent's
10-yard line. One boot
reportedly went 87 yards
in the air!
eulogy, is a staunch
believer that his friend is
the greatest athlete L-R
has ever seen. He also
thinks Spur would
downplay any such claim.
"He was a
gentleman," says Painter.
"He just did everything
better than anybody else
and never bragged about
how good he was. The
things I read about him
inducted into the L-R
Athletic Hall of Fame
during its first ceremony
in 1977. Between that
honor and his graduation
from L-R, he earned
degree at N.C. State and a master's degree at Columbia
University. He worked and coached football in the
Raleigh public schools. From 1951 until his retirement in
1975, he served as education coordinator for the county's
Spurlock and his wife, Lassena, of Hickory, had two
children, Jan Ketchum of Hickory and Clark Spurlock of
enoir-Rhyne is particularly proud of its alumni and their
families. In the fall of 1993, the college introduced the
Legacy Scholarship Program as follows:
♦ Children and grandchildren of L-R undergraduate degree
recipients are eligible.
♦ The award is valued at $1,000.
♦ A student is eligible for this scholarship for up to four
♦ Legacies are identified through the Office of Admissions.
♦ The award is nonrefundable.
If your son, daughter or grandchild is a rising junior or
senior in high school, please help him or her learn about
Lenoir-Rhyne. For more information, contact the Office of
Admissions at 704-328-1741, ext. 300 or 1-800-277-5721.
Fee waiver gift certificate
In response to numerous requests for our application fee waiver, we are pleased to reinstate
our gift certificate program. NOTE: NCAA regulations prevent the waiver of a student athlete's
The bearer of this certificate is entitled to waive the normal application fee that is
required when applying for admission to Lenoir-Rhyne. This certificate must
accompany the application for admission.
Name of Applicant
♦ NCAA regulations prevent the waiver of a student athlete's
SUMMER 1994 15
The graduation lineup.
Bank of Granite Corp. chief
executive officer John A.
Forlines Jr. challenged the
Class of 1994 to make
today the beginning of a
life of learning and community service
in the ceremony held Saturday, May 14,
in Shuford Gymnasium.
"This world is changing so rapidly,
we simply must continue to learn in
order to keep up. For all of you,
whether you are going into the world of
work or whether you are going on for
advanced formal education, this is in a
sense a beginning — and that's why
graduation exercises are called
Lenoir-Rhynean Editor John Vagnetti receives a
Chairman of the board of Bank of
Granite, Forlines serves as chairperson
of the L-R Business Council. An
executive with the Bank of Granite for
40 years, Forlines has guided the small
bank to become one of the nation's
soundest and most profitable banks.
L-R conferred 247 bachelor's
degrees and 14 master's degrees in its
103rd commencement exercises. The
commencement also marked the end of
President John E. Trainer's 10-year
career at Lenoir-Rhyne. He announced
his resignation last November to
pursue other endeavors.
"In whatever you undertake, bring
to the job enthusiasm and energy and
From left: Sigmon, Forlines, Keck, East, Arne, President Trainer
Dr. Robert Spuller confers with Laurie Wegner
as graduates line up in Moretz Gym.
Class of '94
be intent on doing a superior job,"
Forlines told the graduates.
Marcia Medlin of Taylorsville
received the First Honor Award,
signifying the highest cumulative
grade-point-average in the class. She
received a bachelor of arts degree in
elementary education. Marianne
Roberts of Lincolnton received the
Second Honor Award. She graduated
with a bachelor of science degree in
Four individuals were recognized
for their outstanding contributions to
the church, college and community.
Former professor Thelma Rast of
Swansea, S.C, received an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters; church lay
leader and businesswoman Esther
Smith Arne of Fayetteville was awarded
an honorary Doctor of Laws; while
Lutheran pastor the Rev. David R. Keck,
Sr. of Southern Pines received an
honorary Doctor of Divinity. Newton
attorney and retired L-R trustee Jesse
Sigmon was given the Trustee Award
to commemorate his many years on the
board and service as college attorney.
The Rev. Dr. Boyce Whitener '57 of
Greensboro, mission director for
outreach for the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, delivered the
Roger Peters receives congratulations from
John A. Forlines, Jr
with Kelly Johnson
Lynn Moretz received a degree in psychology. Her
accomplishment was noted in local newspapers.
Man on the Moon
Believe it or not, it's been 25 years since man's
first steps on the moon: July 20, 1969. Where
were you when Neil Armstrong said, "That's
one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind"?
We asked readers to tell us their memories of that
"I'll never forget the afternoon of Sunday, July 20, 1969. On our way back from my grandmother's
home, my father and I were anxious to get home to watch the coverage of man's first landing on the moon.
"Coming through Hagerstown, Md., as was our normal route, we noticed an incredible amount of
smoke pouring from the center of town. Once within sight, our hearts sank to our stomachs to see our
church, St. John's Lutheran, with flames shooting skyward.
"Thanking God and our local fire fighters, the building was saved. Two months and five days later, we
celebrated our 200th anniversary. The fire was caused by lightning striking the steeple, although several
skeptics thought the moon landing may have had some influence!"
John H. Roney II, 75
'Where was I when man took the first steps on the moon? No way could I forget! I, along with other
members, was attending a Lunar Landing Service at Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Arden, N. C. The
theme hymn for the service was 'The Spacious Firmament on High. ' Our purpose for the service: that no
one ever forget where he/she was when this event happened. "
Kathleen Troutman Gragg '44
In Lenoir-Rhyne's long history, there have been a variety of legends told and
retold about the "haunting" of RE. Monroe Auditorium, Highland Hall and
other hair-raising high jinks around campus. Do you know any first-hand (or
even second-hand) yarns to share in PROFILE?. If so, we would love to hear
Share your ghostly tales by Sept. 1 and we'll consider them for publication.
Fax your story and daytime phone number to Public Relations at 704-328-7368
or by mail to Tammy Wilson, Editor, PROFILE, LRC, RO. Box 7483,
Hickory N.C. 28603.
Lenoir-Rhyne, as a member of
the NCAA, is responsible for
ensuring its student athletes,
faculty, staff, alumni and friends abide
by NCAA regulations. This is the
second of a series of articles to orient
you to NCAA rules. While the college is
proud to have continued interest in its
athletic programs, we strive for
excellence and must seek the highest
standard of ethical conduct.
If you have questions, contact Bob
Heller in the athletic department, P.O.
Box 7356, Hickory, N.C 28603, or
call 704-328-1741, ext. 131.
You are a "representative of
athletic interest" if:
□ you are or were ever a
member of any of the sport
support groups including Piedmont
□ you have ever donated to L-R
men's or women's athletic
□ you have ever helped arrange
or provided summer employment
for enrolled student athletes.
□ you have ever contacted
(phone, letter, in person) a high
school student in grades 9-12, to
encourage the student to
participate in L-R athletics.
A "prospective student
athlete" is a person who is in
grades 9-12. However, it is possible
for younger students to be
prospects, so it's wise to treat all
athletes as prospects.
New rules of the game
♦ feel free to attend high school and community college athletic
♦ continue established family relationships v^ith friends and
neighbors as long as they are not made for recruiting and are not
initiated from L-R coaching staff members.
♦ feel free to attend a public event attended by prospects.
♦ send to the coaching staff nev^spaper clippings or information
♦ feel free to offer assistance to the coaching staff v^ho are recruiting
in your community.
♦ arrange for a prospect, their relatives or friends to receive money or
financial aid of any kind.
♦ provide anything for a prospect, relative or friend v^ithout first
checking with the Athletic Department administration.
♦ make contact v^ith a prospect or their family on or off campus. If a
prospect approaches you off campus, suggest that he/she contact
the head coach of his or her sport.
♦ transport, pay or arrange to pay for transportation of a prospect,
relatives or friends to campus or elsewhere.
♦ provide room and/or board, transportation or any other benefit to a
recruited student-athlete during the summer prior to enrollment
for fall classes.
♦ entertain high school, prep school or community college coaches at
♦ provide tickets or transportation for high school, prep school or
community college coaches at any location.
♦ entertain or provide free or discounted tickets to any L-R home or
away athletic or non-athletic event for prospects, their relatives or
♦ contact an enrolled student-athlete at any institution trying to
encourage transfer and participation in our athletic program.
♦ pay or offer to pay registration fees for summer sports camps.
♦ contact the prospect's coach, principal or counselor for the purpose
of evaluating the prospect. You are not permitted to pick up films
or transcripts from their school.
♦ invite selected junior or senior high school or community college
prospective student-athletes to alumni events.
"I just wanted to be a high school coach and teacher,"
said Barnes. "When a friend and I went to the ACC
Tournament in 1978, that's when I knew I wanted to coach at
that level. It's really exciting to be returning to the area and
to be a part of the Clemson family."
"This is as close as I can probably get to Hickory," said
Barnes, whose wife, the former Candace Rhyne
(granddaughter of Daniel E. Rhyne, the "Rhyne" in Lenoir-
Rhyne) , is also from Hickory. 'There are so many people in
Hickory I'd like to thank because I've been awfully lucky."
Barnes' path to the ACC began at L-R where he had a
productive four-year career, most of it as a valuable reserve
off the bench. One of his college teammates was John Lentz,
the Bears' current coach.
Barnes is quick to point out that he has learned his
basketball from a number of people, including his former
teammate. "John taught me intensity and that quality time in
preparation is more important than quantity preparation,"
said Barnes. "I watched him progress from an unknown
player to conference player of the year. He took me under his
wing and we worked hard together. He is so competitive. I
knew then and I know now that he will be successful."
Barnes began coaching at North State Academy
immediately upon graduating from L-R. He served as an
assistant coach at Davidson, George Mason, Alabama and
Ohio State. Barnes returned to George Mason in 1987 as the
school's head coach. After a 20-10 season there, he was
tabbed at Providence as its head coach in 1988, despite being
a head coach for just one year.
Barnes recorded a 108-76 record in six seasons at
Providence and took the Friars to three NCAA tournaments
and two NIT's. Providence was 20-10 and won the Big East
Tournament this year.
"I don't know how I got the Providence job," said Barnes.
"At the time I was not the right man for it, but we got the job
done. That is not the case here at Clemson. I am the right
man for the job."
It won't be long until Barnes will be matching wits
against a new group of coaching legends. In the Big East, it
was the likes of John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca, and Jim
Boeheim. In the ACC, he will coach against someone he
grew up watching. Dean Smith.
"I am beyond being caught up in coaching match ups,"
said Barnes while downplaying the first time he meets Smith
in an ACC game. "Once we get going, Clemson and winning
are all I will think about. I will admit I thought about those
kinds of things as a young coach in the Big East."
Barnes will be going into his first set of ACC games with
a number of question marks. He has no returning starters.
P R F L E
I t's not Interstate 40, but it's close.
It's not in North Carolina, but it's close.
Instead, it is Interstate 85 in South Carolina. . . Clemson University, in the Atlantic
Coast Conference (ACC) , a conference Rick Barnes '77 said he wanted to be coach
Barnes, a Hickory native who played basketball at Hickory High School and at
Lenoir-Rhyne, was named head basketball coach of the Clemson Tigers in late
March, succeeding Cliff Ellis. Although he grew up just west of Tobacco Road on
Interstate 40 and naturally followed the "Big Four," Barnes is thrilled about his
future in Death Valley.
Hampering him and his staff in recruiting their first class are
a number of limitations — including only two home recruiting
visits handed down by the NCAA
Although the penalties come to an end this year, the
bigger challenge, according to many, is to raise the school's
basketball profile. Right now, many have the perception
Clemson is just a "football" school. Barnes lights up when
discussing meeting this challenge.
"Why can't we get it done at Clemson the way everybody
wants it done?" Barnes asks. "Us being called a football
school is a misconception. The school does not want to be
second class in anything. Almost every sport here is success-
ful. It can be done. I really don't think Clemson is any
different than somewhere like Fayetteville, Ark. They used
to be regarded as a
'football school'. You don't
hear that anymore."
Barnes' return to the
South will likely lead to
more excursions to
Hickory and Lenoir-
Rhyne. He has indicated
he will scout high school
talent in the area along
with planning more
"I grew up with
Barnes. "It just seemed
like I was always there.
Back then. Hickory High
played its games there. I
watched Lenoir-Rhyne. It
just seemed natural to be
there. A number of my
closest friends today,
people like Rocky Costa
and Reid Pollard, are
While a number of people have helped Barnes, it is also
clear that he has made the most of his opportunities.
"We took chances to get here," said Barnes. "I can still
remember us packing everything we had in a truck and
leaving Hickory. In fact, I can remember our mattress falling
out of the truck. It has been worth it and I hope this is the
That falling mattress seems to have been the last thing to
have gone wrong in Barnes' journey to the ACC. He is living
out a dream and returning home — a nice "last move."
Rick Barnes at Clemson press
conference announcing his selection
as head coach.
sets new record
iving to the Annual Fund (former
Loyalty Fund) set an all-time high of
$475,410 May 31, according to Sylvia
Bajorek, director of annual giving.
The new record surpasses the
previous mark of $405,568 set a year
ago. The Annual Fund, which includes
unrestricted monies for operating
expenses, runs concurrently with the
college fiscal year, June 1 - May 31.
"We are extremely pleased with the
response this year," said Bajorek, noting
that alumni participation has increased.
Participation is vitally important in
soliciting support from foundations.
"We must first show that our own L-R
family supports the college before we
can ask others to support it," she said.
Bajorek has been assisted this year
by Frances Rhyne Daily '43 of
Greensboro as annual chairperson.
Serving on the steering committee have
been John A. Forlines, Jr. of Granite
Falls, Margery Owsley, Peggy Goodman
and Forrest Gaines of Hickory; Ken
Sides of Sherrills Ford, David
Misenheimer and Neill McGeachy, Jr. of
Charlotte; Mickey Dry of Winston-
Salem, Steve Carter of Pinehurst,
Madeleine Dassow of Greensboro and
Randy Frye of Union, Ky.
McGovern at I^R
ormer U.S. Senator (ieorge McCiovern was here March
22 to address issues of the Middle East. McGovern, who
heads the Middle East Policy Council, was keynote speaker
during a day-long workshop for teachers and others
conducted by Audrey Shabbas of the Arab World and Islamic
Resources and School Services.
The policy council serves to educate the public on various
issues concerning the Middle East. The conference was
sponsored by F'uad Rihani, a Jordanian native and current
resident of Hickory, who is a member of the council.
Auntie Em! Auntie Em!
A severe storm in early June littered the campus with downed trees, including this one near
RE. Monroe Auditorium. Preliminary damage estimates were at $5,000.
Business Council honors George
boyd George, chairman of
the board, president and CEO
of Alex Lee Inc., has been
named Business Leader of the
Year by the L-R Business
Council. Alex Lee subsidiaries
include MDI, IFH and Lowe's
George is active in many
civic, church and community
affairs and is a member of the
L-R Board of Trustees as well as
the boards of several local
businesses including Frye
Regional Medical Center. He
was the second in his family to
receive the award. His father,
the late G. Lee George, was
Business Leader of the Year in
Dr. Trainer with Boyd George (right).
etiring professor Ted Thuesen
and retired professor Thelma Rast were
designated professors emeriti in March
by the Board of Trustees. Thuesen is
leaving his post in the sociology
department after 27 years. Rast retired
last year after 47 years in the music
Top faculty, staff
Ur. Robert Eckard and Dr. John Bisbee received top faculty
accolades during Honors Day on May 4. Eckard, professor of Spanish,
was named the Raymond M. Bost Distinguished Professor, while
Bisbee, professor of biology and department chair, received the
Roediger Distinguished Service Professorship. Both awards are given
annually to respected faculty members.
Meanwhile, a new nonfaculty award, Employee of the Year,
recognized Linda Suggs for her positive spirit, flexibility, dependability
and promotion of the college mission. She is secretary to the vice
president for institutional advancement. The 1994 Hacawa was
dedicated to Jean Beaver, secretary to the vice president and dean of
academic affairs. She has served the college for 18 years.
Curtis Paul surveys the stacks.
1 ransferring credits to L-R
became easier v^hen the Faculty
Assembly approved a nev^
general studies concentration in
applied science, a B.S. degree.
Under the nev^ degree, students
who already hold an associate of
applied science from a regionally
accredited two-year college can
transfer to L-R with 64 semester
arl A. Rudisill Library will computerize its card catalogue this summer and
become part of a national network allowing users to access articles published in
more than 16,000 journals. Thanks to a grant from the Charles E. Culpeper
Foundation, the card catalogue will be replaced with computer terminals to access
According to learning resources director Curtis Paul, L-R is among several
area colleges to benefit from a $300,000 grant to the Mountain College Library
Network. Others include Warren Wilson, Mars Hill, Brevard, Montreat Anderson,
Lees-McRae and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Two join Lenoir-Rhyne staff
ohn D. Huss 74 and Teri C.
Lemons have accepted positions as
director of alumni and parent relations
and director of major gifts, respectively.
Huss, who fills the vacancy of Patti
Whitener, will manage alumni records
and chapter development as well as
various programs relating to alumni and
L-R parents. He is a former U.S. Army
major and holds an M.A degree in
business administration from
Appalachian State University. He also
graduated from the U.S. Army
Command and General
Huss and his family
are relocating from
Columbia, S.C, where
he has been working as
a stockbroker and
director of major gifts,
will track and cultivate
major gifts and oversee the grants office.
She will also work with foundations and
be the staff liaison to the Board of
She is a graduate of Greensboro
College and Elizabeth City State
University and received an M.A. Ed.
from East Carolina University. Her work
experience includes advancement
positions with Roanoke College. She has
also worked with the Job Training
Partnership Act Coordination with the
N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
As part of a restructuring of the
president, will focus on
planned giving and
church relations. All
three report to Al
Wheeler, vice president
Blaj of Hickory
during the L-R
( Officials of the Japan Local Government Center in New York and educators
from Chisinau, Moldova, visited campus this spring to encourage dialogue for
possible future study exchanges and/or partnerships.
The Japanese visitors — ^Toshiuki Otaki and Yoshifumi Fujimaki — made an
L-R stop with county manager Tom Lundy on their tour of a Sister Cities
proposal. The Moldovans, including 13 educators from the former Soviet
republic, made the visit coordinated by L-R, CVCC and Little Samaritan Mission,
Hickory. A press conference was held in the L-R TV studio.
March of Dimes checkpoint
Members of Delta Zeta sorority staffed the Walk America check point April 23 as an estimated
2,500 walkers passed by campus. L-R's first-ever team, including 30 students and four staff
members, raised $1,845 for the fight against birth defects and was recognized as having the
highest total for a new team . Co-captains were Gennie Haring of Delta Zeta and Denise
Johnson Smith of PR. From left are Amy Pennington ofPaducah, Ky, Kate MacKinnon of
Brandon, Fla. and Jo Ellen Frantz of Blacksburg, Va.
Storyteller Donald Davis performed on
campus in April as part of the Visiting
Writers Series. Others this spring included
poet Susan Ludvigson and novelist Linda
Lightsey Rice, a '72 alumna.
Biology, math majors
Six senior biology majors
presented results of research to the
N.C. Academy of Science this spring.
They were among 56 undergraduates
from more than 20 colleges and
universities to participate in the annual
meeting held at Davidson College.
Presenters were Irvin DuBose of
Cary, Todd Piercy, Wesley Reid and
Marcia Hammond of Hickory, Chad Ice
of Raleigh and Lisa Sease of Lexington,
Meanwhile, two math students
presented papers on breaking secret
codes at the Southeastern Section
meeting of the Mathematics
Association of America held at Carson-
Newman College. Presenting their
findings were senior Beth Shepherd of
Parkton, Md. and junior Andrea Griffin
of Lynchburg, Va.
14 honored for service
Painting, raking and cleaning were on the agenda April 8 for the first
L-R Spirit Day. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students pitched in.
Here, secretary Saundra Cooke and senior Ronnie Church pull weeds
in front of Russell House.
Five in Who's Who
ive L-R faculty members have been selected among
educators in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1994.
They include Dr. Russ Benton (history) , Dr. Karen McDougal
(biology) , Dr. Suzanne Jef fers (English) , Dr. Gail Summer
(education) and Sarah Wallace (business) . Their
achievements and biographical profiles will appear in the third
edition of Who's Who reference book among the top 5 percent
of American teachers.
' ynn and Lynda Keziah of
Monroe are chairing the Parents
Council this coming year. They are
parents of Lance Keziah, a rising
Bequest aids college
$100,000 bequest by a Raleigh woman has created a
scholarship fund for deserving students. The late Elma
Johnson Arndt established the G. Dewey Arndt Memorial
Scholarship in memory of Mr. Arndt, a 1922 alumnus. It was
the second bequest from Mrs. Arndt. In 1989, she established
an endowment fund with annual income to be used at the
Board of Trustees' discretion.
PBL sweeps awards
"hi Beta Lambda business fraternity captured a record
number of awards in 18 categories at the 40th Annual State
Leadership Conference. For the 15th time since its founding
in 1975, the L-R chapter received the Gold Seal Award of
Merit. L-R competed against 39 other colleges for the awards.
ourteen individuals were honored recently by the
college in the fifth annual Christian Service Recognition held
at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Servants of Christ plaques
went to Joanne and J. D. Liles of Mt. Pisgah
Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and to faculty
members Dr. Larry Yoder, Dr. Harold Haas and
Helen Just. Staff members honored were Jean
Beaver and Laurie Wegner.
Students recognized were Cathy Drawdy and
Daria Erdmann of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Laura
Hilbert of Durham; Chad Ice of Raleigh, Tony Lippard of
Salisbury, Peter Policke of Deland, Fla.; and Michele Sease of
West Columbia, S.C.
i Judkins Recognized
j^- r. Bennett Judkins, associate
professor of sociology and psychology,
has won the 1994 Distinguished
Contributions to Sociology Award by the
N.C. Sociological Association. Judkins, in
his first year at L-R, was nominated by Dr.
Carl Hand, who studied under Judkins as
an undergraduate at Belmont Abbey
College. The award recognizes
excellence in teaching, service, scholarly
activity and other significant work in the field.
Judkins' book. We Offer Ourselves as Evidence: Toward
Workers' Control of Occupational Health, was published in 1986
and chronicles his work in the black and brown lung
Karen Littlecott, a junior from Lake Mary, Fla. , on the set of Bear
he L-R chapter of International Television Association
was one of three in the nation to be named a Student Chapter
of the Year finalist. Other finalists were Ball State University
of Indiana and Ferris State University in Michigan.
ITVA serves TV and video professionals worldwide.
Chapters are chosen based on several attributes including
programs, membership and public service. "Bear Facts," an
L-R produced news program, is one activity of chapter
members. It airs on Catawba Valley Cable TV and WHKY.
Thirty-three members of the Class of '44 gathered for their 50th reunion on Alumni Day and
presented a gift of $10,400 to the Annual Fund. The money, raised by soliciting individual class
members, will be used where needs are greatest.
Stirewalt, Jr. '34 of
GOLDEN Hillsborough has
VTTAl?^ written "Studies in
issued by the Society of Biblical
Literature. He is professor
emeritus of Trinity Lutheran
Seminary, Columbus, Ohio... Dr.
DuBose Egleston '37 of
Rockbridge, Md., had a household
hint published in the syndicated
column, "Hints from Heloise."
with Belk Stores Services and
author of four personnel
management books. ...Ella Keller
'48 is retired and living in Granite
Falls and has served on the
Southern Baptist Home Missions
Board in Atlanta. ..Donald L. Hovis
'49 of Lincolnton retired after 35
years with Nationwide Insurance.
The Rev. Dr. Leslie
Conrad, Jr. '41 of
^ /| ^ Richardson, Texas,
Tt V-/ w authored seven
sermons for the
Pentecost season in the March
issue of The Clergy Journal. ..Ray
Killian '48 retired after 44 years
Schnedl '50 of
^T f » ^-^ Southern Pines
%J \J J^ retired after
teaching for 28
years in Moore
County schools... Rev. Paul Beatty
'53 was appointed the pastor at
Reformation Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Taylorsville, in
January. .Charlie Wyant '51 of
Newton, retired from Fred T. Foard
High School as principal. He
chairs the Catawba County School
Board. ..Billie Sue Brown Hollar
'56 and husband, Emery '55, of
Lexington both retired on March 1.
Billie Sue was media coordinator
for the Lexington City Schools.
Emery was a professor of Spanish
at Davidson Community
College.. .Mary Jane Rhoney
Wyant '58 of Newton, retired
Maiden High School business
teacher, established her own realty
company working out of her
home.. ..Rev. Dr. Edgar Trexler '59
of Chicago received an honorary
doctor of divinity degree from
Wittenberg University. He edits
The Lutheran magazine. ...Robert T.
Watkins '51 has retired as senior
vice president-marketing of Public
Service Company of N.C. in
Gastonia...Dr. Gerald Troutman
'56 is leading one of the nation's
oldest media ministries, having
recently been elected chairman of
the board of trustees of the
Protestant Radio and Television
Center in Atlanta. He is regional
representative of the ELCA's
Division for Ministry and
Department for Synodical
Relations and director of resource
development for Lutheran
Ministries of Georgia.
Rev. Dr. Edgar Trexler
Robert T. Watkins
Dr. Gerald Troutman
Rev. David R.
Keck '60 of
^y /'^ -^ Kannapolis is the
\J \J J^ new pastor of Our
Church. He and
his wife, Diana have three
children; David, a student at
Southern Seminary; Charlotte
Karriker, a student at East Carolina
University's medical school; and
Frances Patterson, a teacher in
Kannapolis. He was also awarded
an honorary Doctor of Divinity
degree by L-R on May 24....Loyd
Hoke, Jr. '60 of Conover retired in
July after 33 years at St. Stephens
High School as an English teacher
P R F L E
and department head. Loyd also
coached the cross country - track
team for 15 years with a 412-116
record. He holds the state
marathon record (2:59.17) for the
50+ age group, which he set, in the
1990 Charlotte Marathon. Loyd
also chairs the board of trustees of
the Catawba County library
system... The Rev. James Peper '64
is pastor /developer of a mission
congregation, Messiah Lutheran
Church near Savannah, where he
and wife, Kala, live. They have
tliree children, Karen, 23; Wes, 16;
and Jamie, 9. ..Jim Morrison '64 of
Randolph, N.J., retired from the
Air Force in 1988 and became a
stock broker with Dean Witter
Reynolds. He invites friends and
classmates to "call when visiting
New York for a tour of the Stock
Exchange". ..Kay Bowman
Schmucker '64 of Hickory was
recognized by Prudential Real
Estate as one of 500 agents
honored for The President's Circle.
Kay has, since 1980, been
Prudential / Hedrick-Mitchell's top
producer and recently was
honored by her local company as
top producer for 1993. ..David
Barlow '67 of Lenoir has been
appointed to the N. C. State Bar
Council. ..Michael Campbell '67 of
Stafford, Va., received the 1993
Leadership Award for Prince
William County. Michael was
selected from the 17 award
recipients to speak at the awards
ceremony in Washington. He is
the principal at Potomac Senior
High School in Dumfries,
Va... .Nancy Carpenter Zachella '68
of Athens, Ga., has been appointed
administrative director for the
National Office of Safe Campuses
Now.... James Fowler, Jr. '69 of
Kannapolis is a fifth-grade teacher
who has spent his entire 23-year
teaching career at Fred L. Wilson
Elementary School... Judy Sloop
Frye '69 of Richardson, Texas, is
the director of children's music
ministries at Axe Memorial United
Methodist Church in
Garland. ..Barry Hastings '69 of
Chicago was named vice chairman
of Northern Trust Corporation and
The Northern Trust Company of
Chicago. Barry continues to head
Elizabeth is the daughter of the late
Dr. Voigt R. Cromer, the sixth presi-
dent of Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lib C. Carswell
Class of '55
Residence: Columbia, SC
Current profession: media specialist
for Chapin High School
Husband: Robert (Bob) Wayne
Greatest L-R experience: "Being a
part of Playmakers. I thoroughly
enjoyed it, especially such
productions as Our Tozvn."
Special notes: Elizabeth will retire
from a 28-year career in public
school media services. She looks
forward to spending time with her
three grandchildren and pursuing
the personal financial services
business unit.. .Phil Stephens '69 of
Atlanta is CEO of Compass Retail,
Inc., one of the nation's largest
managers of shopping malls and
other commercial properties.
Nazarovitch '70 of
71 I ^ Kings Park, N.Y., is
V^ 3^ district controller
for United Parcel
Service's East Long
Island District in Ronkankoma,
Long Island, N.Y. George was a
finance /accounting manager for
UPS in Charlotte...Tony Wolfe '70
of Lincolnton is president and CEO
of Peoples Bank.. .Sam Zealy '70 of
Greensboro received the first
annual award given by the
Greensboro Realtors Association in
recognition of his efforts in fair
housing... John Hall '72 of Hickory,
is now the Catawba County United
Way president. He has been
involved as a United Way
volunteer for more than 20 years.
He and wife, Ann, have three
children... Jane Mullen Whi taker
'72 has been selected for inclusion
in the third edition of Who's Who
Among American Teachers, 1994. She
and husband, Ed, are both teachers
at Lake Worth High
School. ..Robert Carpenter '73 has
been named Gaston County
Principal of the Year. He and his
wife. Sue, have three children,
Michael, Marcus and
Candace... Connie Hastings '73 of
Morganton is a certified diabetes
educator at Grace Hospital in
Morganton... Marilyn Sommers
Havey '73 is a claims adjudicator
for the Employment Security
Commission in Raleigh, where she
and husband, Tim, live...Janie
Parks Peak '73 & '93 M.A. of
Gastonia was elected to a three-
year term on the board of directors
of the Schiele Museum of Natural
History in Gastonia. She is an
English teacher at Cherryville
Junior/Senior High School.... John
Barr '75 was named manager of
Dupont's Customer Support
Center. The family has relocated to
Kennett Square, Pa. from Houston,
Texas... Patricia Hatcher Barnard
'75 of Florence, Ala., is a flight
attendant for United Airlines. She
and writer husband, Wiley, have a
Grace. ..Deborah Rhoads Brittain
'75 of Gastonia is the state sales
manager/assistant vice president
for Chicago Title Insurance
Company. She and husband,
Jacob, are the parents of two sons,
Jacob III and Evan Luke... Randy
Abernathy '77 of Lincolnton has
been promoted to vice president of
national accounts for Carolina
Freight Carriers Corp. He has been
recognized internally by Carolina
Freight Carriers Corp. for his
active participation in the Quality
Improvement Process and for
providing outstanding customer
service. Randy has two daughters,
Audra and Alaina...Tom Lekavich
'77 of Houston, Texas, is a technical
sales specialist with Storz Surgical
Equipment in Texas... William O.
Zavertnik '77 of Akron, Ohio, was
promoted to divisional vice
president of Chi-Chi's Mexican
Restaurants. He and wife, Mary
Kay, have two daughters, Morgan
and Mary Ann. ..Cindy Bettis
Borders '78 of Shelby is president-
elect of the North Carolina
Association for the Advancement
of Health Education. She has an
M.A.in health education and has
served as director of health
education for the Shelby City
Schools and the Kings Mountain
District Schools for the past seven
years. Cindy and husband, Steve,
are celebrating 17 years of
marriage and have two children —
Ben and Brandy.
From left: Dr. Trainer, Alice Trainer, Betty Blackburn, Paul Lutz
Alumni Day Highlights
Dr. Paul Lutz '56 was named 1994 Distinguished Alumnus during
Alumni Day festivities on April 30. Lutz, a professor at UNC-
Greensboro, is known for his research investigating the ecology of aquatic
insects and has authored nearly 100 publications, including two books. He
has also held leadership roles within the E.L.C.A.
Also receiving awards: Alice Trainer, wife of former President Trainer —
Service to the College and Betty Blackburn '52 of Maiden — Service to the
Community. Former President Trainer was honored with a resolution of
appreciation for his 10 years of service as college president.
Barefoot '80 is an
eighth grade social
studies teacher in
Simpsonville, S.C., where she lives
with husband. Rowdy, and two
sons, Carson and Evan.. .Sandy
Sifford Cano '80 teaches nursing
at UCLA. She and husband, Gary,
a sales representative for Anheiser-
Busch, live in Los Angeles, with
their daughter, Lucy... The Rev.
Paul Gossman '80 and Priscilla
Miller Gossman '81 are moving to
Peru, to serve with World Mission
Prayer League, an independent
Lutheran mission society. After
language and culture study, they
will settle in Ciclayo and will work
with the poor. For the past four
years, Paul has worked on his
Ph.D. in intercultural studies at
Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School, Deerfield, 111., while
serving as pastor of St. John's
Lutheran in Elgin. ..Samuel
Nichols Jr. '81 has been named
manager of retail banking at First
Citizens Bank in Morganton. He
and his family live in Morganton.
...Barry Redmond '81 is now
principal of West Iredell Middle
School. In addition to the Principal
of the Year honor, Redmond won
the PEP Fellow Award at the
Principal's Executive Program at
the UNC- Chapel Hill in June 1993.
He and wife, Katrina , have two
daughters, Kaley Elizabeth and
Kara Rose and reside in
Statesville...Karol Kinard Kimmell
'81 of Avondale Estates, Ga., is a
music teacher at The Glenn School
for Young Children on the Emory
University campus. She sings in a
CAMARATI... Brian Swajkoski '82
of Hickory is a technical services
specialist for Polymask
Corporation, a new joint venture of
3M and Sealed Air Corporations.
Brian is responsible for the western
US, Canada and Mexico, and
works out of Conover...Dr. Reggie
Parlier '83 has joined the staff of
Gaston Memorial Hospital. He
completed his medical degree at
Duke. ..Susan Moss Arnold '84
M.A. of Greensboro is alumni
relations assistant at Catawba
College. She and husband, Robert,
have one daughter, Kimberly, a
senior at Catawba. ..J. Chris
Barringer '84 of Hickory and wife,
Melissa, moved into a new home
in Havenwood with their two
children, Justin and Holly. Chris, a
scratch golfer, has directed the
annual Mike Mallan Memorial
Golf Tournament for seven years.
Over the past 17 years, this event
has raised over $30,000 for the
fund. ..Robert '85 and Regina
(Martin '85) Lutz live in
Cherryville. Robert was named a
partner in the law firm of Yelton,
Farfour, McCartney & Lutz in
Shelby. Regina is a physical
therapy assistant at Cleveland
Memorial Hospital in
Shelby... Navy Petty Officer 2nd
Class Timothy J. Naumann '85 is
serving aboard the submarine
tender USS L.Y. Spear, based in
Norfolk, Va...Laureen Tonnesen
Wacenske '86 and husband, Jeff
'85, live in Raleigh where she
teaches social studies and peer
counseling at the high school level
and is in charge of Christian
education at their church. Jeff was
promoted by the Raleigh Police
Dept. to their SWAT team in
January.. .Penni Robbins Robinson
'86 graduated in May 1993 from
Western Carolina University with a
M.Ed. She is a social studies and
English teacher at East Yancey
Middle School in
Burnsville... David Allen Charlton
'86 is pastor of youth and family
ministry at Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Palm City, Fla., where he
lives with his wife. Dona
Jean... Danny Seaver '87 has been
invited for inclusion in the 16th
edition of Men of Achievement . He
lives in Hickory with his wife,
Elaine, and children, Emily,
Charlton and ErroL. .Michael '88
and Carolyn (Blossom '91)
Shackelford moved to Columbia,
S.C., where Michael attends the
Lutheran Theological Southern
Seminary and Carolyn teaches
kindergarten. She also is finishing
requirements for an M.A. in
education at Western Carolina
University... Carol Bauerlein
Stefunek '88 of New Windsor,
N.Y., recently completed a master's
program and teaches first grade in
Pine Bush, N.Y... Brian Mark '89
and Catherine Duggan '88 have
returned from Pakistan and are
living in Houston with their two
children, Matthew and Keri... Chris
Copley '89 was promoted to P & D
manager by Roadway Package
Svstem and transferred to
Greenville, S.C. His wife, Beth
(Eslinger) '89 is teaching in
Greenville County Schools. ..Greta
Roach '89 is the new marketing
director for American Associated
Companies, Inc. of Atlanta. ..Diane
Barger Abernathy '89 of
Lincolnton is supervisor - roller
processing at The Timken
Company in Lincolnton.. ..Denise
Hess Mauney '89 and husband,
Lee, live in Chicago where they are
neighbors of Christine (Kobsik
'90) and Edward '91 Dolan...Kathy
Sarant '89 was promoted to
manager at McBee Associates, Inc.,
a healthcare financial consulting
firm. She resides in Reisters-
Todd Martin '90 of
specialist for three
group homes for
the Iredell- Yadkin
unit of RHA Health Services. Todd
earned an M.A. in psychology
Haas '91, formerly of Vienna, Va.,
is finishing requirements for a
master's degree in technical
theatre at Southern Illinois
University.... Amy Elizabeth
Horner '91 became a home owner
in Winston-Salem. She is a high
school and middle school band
director in Forsyth County. Amy
also is a clarinetist with the North
Carolina School of the Performing
Arts' wind ensemble. ..Kate Kautz
'91 lives in Santa Clara, Calif., and
is a preschool teacher at a private
school outside San
Francisco... Victoria "Tory"
Williams '91 lives in Tucson, Ariz.,
and is a general sales
representative for Quantas
Airways. ..Kendra Holcomb '92 is
the owner/manager of the
Nautilus Fitness & Sports Center
in Hickory. Her goals for the
center include more work with
corporations and offering fitness
programs as well as visiting local
rest homes to set up programs for
senior citizens... Margie Byers '92
was named Renaissance Teacher
for the quarter. Recognition is
based on professional achievement
and success in working with
students and fellow teachers. She
is a guidance counselor for high
A '68 L-R woman's class ring has been found in Morganton. For more
information, contact Norman Ross at 704-437-3191.
schoolers in Statesville. She and
husband, Jonathan, have two
children, Jonathan and
Crystal. .Jeanie Fohl '92 of Winter
Park, Fla., is pursuing a master's
degree in counseling at Southeast
Missouri State University.. .Carol
Ann Herbertson '92 joined the
staff of a new^ Youth With A
Mission base pioneering in
Charlotte, where she resides. ..Juan
Kincaid '92 of Morganton is a
sports reporter for WSOC-TV in
Charlotte.. .Lisa Mitchell '92 of
Barnwell, S.C., is an art teacher at
Allendale Elementary School in
Allendale.. .Cindy Roberts '92 of
Hudson attends the University of
Tennessee in the mass
communication master's degree
program. ..Rob L. Cockrum '93 of
Winston-Salem is in the graduate
program at ASU in the health,
leisure and exercise science
department and hopes to earn a
M.S. in exercise science in May
1995.. .Brian D. Davis '93 of
Hickory joined the Hickory office
of McGladrey & Pullen, CPAs and
Consultants. ..Matt Graham '93 of
Boone attends ASU in pursuit of a
teaching certification in Spanish.
Susan Buhrow '81
to Daniel Scott
C^ I I O Durocher, both of
C^ V-/ C5 Gastonia, on Nov.
20. Susan is a
Spanish teacher at Ashbrook High
School. Daniel owns Dan
Durocher Roofing & Siding. The
couple lives in Gastonia. ..Joyce
Carol Teague '81 to Terry Dean
Hollar, both of Hickory, on Nov. 6.
Terry is a district representative in
Hickory with Aid Association for
Lutherans. They live in
Hickory... Judith Boggs '85, of
Statesville to Bryan Livingston
Smith of Davidson on Feb. 12.
Judith is employed with Southland
Packaging, Inc. in Statesville.
Bryan is president of Southland
Packaging and Southland
Promotions Inc. They reside in
Davidson. ..Judith Bowles '86 to
David Marvin Craft, both of
Hickory, on Dec. 18. Judy is
employed by Dilliplane, Dabbs
Associates. David is employed by
the Hickory City School System.
The couple lives in
Hickory. .Angela Whisnant '89 of
Newton to Richard Landers of
Morganton on Feb. 5. Angela is
employed by General Electric Co.
Richard is employed by
Wildermere, Inc. They reside in
Morganton.... Tracy Baker '89 of
Raleigh to John F. Gee of Lansing,
Mich., on March 14. Tracy, a
chemist, is employed by Triangle
Lab. John, an engineer, is
employed by Rhone-Poulenc.
They live in Durham.
'T^TJ'p Amy Cathcart to
dl 1^ '90, both of
%J yj S Charlotte, on Dec.
18. Amy is
employed in the lender associates
department by BarclaysAmerican
Mortgage Company in Charlotte.
Stephen is employed as a process
planner for ThermalKem in Rock
Hill, S.C. They live in
Charlotte. ...Susan Anthony '91 to
Dwayne Jonas, both of
Taylorsville, on Jan. 1. Susan is
employed as a programmer/
analyst at Siecor. Dwayne is with
Hancock & Moore in
Bethlehem. ...Elizabeth Ann
Hansen '91 of Belmont to Darin
Lee Passer on Jan. 29. Elizabeth
serves with the Air Force Nurse
Corps, Shaw Air Force Base. Darin
also serves with the 363rd Medical
Group at Shaw....Katrina Barrick
'92 of Gulfport, Fla., to Brian
Pershing '91 of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
on March 26. Katrina is a teacher's
assistant in the Pinellas County
School System. Brian is a software
engineer at E-Systems... Lesley
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to: Office of Alumni /Parent Relations, Lenoir-Rhyne College,
PO. Box 7228, Hickory, NC 28603.
Brittain '92 to Rodney Stallings,
both of Hickory, on Dec. 4. Lesley
is an RN in the surgical care unit at
Catawba Memorial Hospital.
Rodney is employed by Klingspor
Abrasives in receiving. The couple
resides in Hickory... Shannon
Simmons '92 to Robert Ervin
Sullivan, both of Hudson, on Dec.
4. Shannon is a teacher at Valdese
Elementary School. Robert is
employed at Sullivan and Son
Building Contractors in
Hudson.They live in
Lenoir... Angela Helton '93 to
Phillip Scronce, both of Hickory, on
Dec. 4. Angela is employed at First
Savings Bank of Hickory. Phillip is
employed at Harris-Teeter in
Mr and Mrs.
Donald B. '73 «&
^ f\ ^ (Lorrie Silcox '73)
f \J S Murray, Jr. of
Fayette on Jan. 10. ..Mr. and Mrs.
Cliff (Nancy Mauney '79) Taylor, of
Clemmons, a son, Spencer
Norman, on Dec. 20.
Mr. and Mrs.
O/^^ Geocaris '80 of
^^\^ J^ Prairie View, 111., a
Marie, on Sept.
16.. .Mr. and Mrs. John (Beth
Woolly '82) Trump of Columbia,
S.C., twin sons, Noah and Samuel,
on Jan. 20. ..Mr. and Mrs. Reggie
(Diane Driscoll '84) Wike of
Rockwell, a son, Gavin Forrest, on
March 28.. .Mr. and Mrs. Keith
(Tammy Jo Henderson '84) Reavis
of Troutman, a son, Kaleb, on July
11, 1993.. .Mr. and Mrs. Jeff (Angela
Shirl McMurry '86) Payne of
Kings Mountain, a son, Nicholas
Rhyne, on Jan. 6. ..Mr. and Mrs. J.
Mark Bruce '86 of Hickory, a son,
Matthew Howard, on Dec. 24. ..The
Rev. and Mrs. Jeffrey David
Kunze '87 of Beatrice, Neb., a
daughter, Ashley Lynn, on Dec.
28.. .Mr. and Mrs. Allen (Lisa
Vanderlinden '87) Cook of
Sherrills Ford, a daughter,
Katherine Olivia, on Sept 24,
1993.. .Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Beth
Westbrook '87) Robinson of
Valdese a son, Mitchell Augustus
on Nov. 4.... Royce and Dena
Canipe Jefferson '89, a son, Gavin,
born April 24. They reside in
Mr. and Mrs.
Russell '90) Sharpe
of Statesville, a son,
Chase Alan, on Jan.
'28) of Badin, on
Jan. 31. ..Miriam
Tuttle Hobson '30
of Yadkinville on
Feb. 8. ..Rachel Emma Alexander
'37 of Stony Point, on Feb.
17 ...Theo R. Bowers '38 of
Thomasville, on Feb. 16...Voight
Mock Sink '38 of Edgefield, S.C,
on Jan. 25. ..Ralph Leon Sharpe '39
of Pittsburgh on Jan. 30. ..Glenn
James '39 of Cooleemee, date
Ray '41 of Duluth,
A f\ ^ Ga. on Jan
Mauney '42 of
Newton in Sept.
1993.. .Glenn Harvey Hunt '42 of
Hickory, date unknown. ..Billy
Lewin Hottle '42 of Toms Brook,
Va., on Dec. 14...Dan M. Poe '43 of
Charleston, S.C, in Aug.
1993.. .Rev. Worth D. Wise '45 of
Hickory, on Jan. 28...Zenie A.
Asherbraner Lutz '45 of Vale on
Oct. 6.. .Jo Grace Russell '47 of
Hickory, date unknown. ..Dean
Watters '49 of Lenoir, on April 7.
Laughridge, Jr. '50
^^ /| ^ of Hendersonville,
%Jv/S in Jan.. .Martha
Petrea '51 of
Atlanta on April 22. ..Edward
Young Jaynes '51 of Chapel Hill on
Feb.22... Banks Sigmon Ritchie '52
of Hickory, on Jan. 5...0ma
Kathleen Deal Stuart '54 of
Claremont, on Jan. 16. ..Houston
Blake Holsclaw '58 of Lenoir, early
1994.. .Joseph E. Roseman'59 of
Statesville, on March 1.
^Tjp Iva Juanita
1 nry Osborne Billings
^ C\ ^ '70 of Roaring Gap
f V/S on Jan. 9. ..Peter
'78 of Atlanta on Feb. 23.
Vol. 45 No.2
Published four times a year
(Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
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A L U M N
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Nursing graduates gathered for a reunion on Alumni Day.
Mark Van Doren, an author of this century, wrote,
'The experience that makes the difference in any
boy or girl is the experience of going to college. It is there
that thinking begins."
This statement was
exemplified in remarks that
several Lenoir-Rhyne students
made recently when they spoke to
a group of alumni and friends.
These young people shared
numerous ways that our
institution impacts their lives daily
to develop both their knowledge
and character. It was uplifting to
hear each of them express the
positive influence the college has
on them — intellectually, spiritually
Since 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne has helped generations of
boys and girls grow into men and women. Our graduates
have been thinkers and doers in the world's society
throughout the college's 103-year history.
As committed alumni and friends, it remains our
responsibility to continue to support Lenoir-Rhyne
College in every way we possibly can so that both present
and future graduates continue to become influential
thinkers and doers in our world.
In thoughts, words and actions, we need to "Fling
wide the red and black, sing aloud her praises!"
Frances Farthing, former head of the nursing department, chats with
Helen Riser, former staff member
Elizabeth Cromer Carswell
Roll up your sleeves! ^
A Parent Association/Alumni Board workday will
be held July 29 at the Development House, which
is to be renamed as the Alumni House.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 29
WHO: All parents and alumni
BRING: Paint brush, scrapers
LUNCH: Provided. RSVP to 704-328-1741,
ext. 171 by July 22.
Elizabeth "Lib" Cromer Carswell
'55 of Columbia, S.C. is Alumni
Association president for 1994-95.
Sandra R. Cline '72 of Belmont is past-
president, while Robert Dasher '56 of
Columbia is president-elect.
Vice presidents include Dorothy
Collins Armstrong '49 and Margie
Sutton Smith '72 of Hickory. Bruce
Blackburn '73, also of Hickory,
continues as secretary-treasurer.
Directors elected were Faye Allred
Burton '65 of Shelby, George Furlong
'64 of Hickory, Alan King '73 of China
Grove, Karen Ritchie Kooken '76 and
Craig Curry Miller '72 of Winston-
Salem, and Alice Setzler Richmond
'54 of Durham.
27 Women's Soccer, L-R vs. St. Andrews, 2 p.m.
3 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Alderson Broaddus, 1 p.m.
Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Anderson, 2 p.m.
15 Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Wofford, 7 p.m.
17 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. St. Leo College, 3 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Belmont Abbey, 1 p.m.
18 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Wofford, 3 p.m.
21 Volleyball, L-R vs. Concord, 6:30 p.m.
24 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Elon College, 2 p.m.
Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Elon College, noon.
26 Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Erskine, 7 p.m.
28 Volleyball, L-R vs. Catawba, 6:30 p.m.
1 Football, L-R vs. Elon, 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. High Point, 7 p.m.
Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 3 p.m.
Football, L-R vs. Gardner-Webb, 7:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Lees-McRae, TBA
Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Catawba, 2 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Limestone, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrity Golf Tournament
Men's Soccer, L-R vs. High Point, 3 p.m.
Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Montreat-Anderson, 6:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer, L-R vs. USC-Spartanburg, 3 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Mars Hill, 6:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Tusculum College, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 6:30 p.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Barber-Scotia, 6 p.m.
Football, L-R vs. Newberry
(HOMECOMING), 2 p.m.
Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Mars Hill, 11 a.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Erskine, 10 a.m.
Volleyball, L-R vs. Presbyterian, 7 p.m.
Football, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 7:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Catawba, 3 p.m.
5 Football, L-R vs. Mars Hill, 2 p.m.
For more information call: Public Relations Office,
(704) 328-1741, ext. 173. For more information on athletic
events call: Sports Information, (704} 328-1 741, ext. 174.
Dates anil times subject to change without notice.
First summer session ends
Second summer session begins
Lutheran Women's Conference
Martin Luther Leadership Conference
25-Aug 13 Intensive Russian Course
Alumni Work Day
Martin Luther Leadership Conference
Second summer session ends
Board of Trustees summer meeting
Registration for fall classes
Fall semester begins
Opening Convocation with Pres. LaHurd,
Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours,
Board of Visitors fall meeting
Lutheran Visitation Day
2, 9, 16,
L-R Family Day
Homecoming and Class of '69 reunion
Fall Open House
Board of Trustees fall meeting
*all convocations are at 10 a.m.
28-30 Summer Theatre performance, 8 pm
4-6 Summer Theatre performance, 8 pm